The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

July 2, 2013

Fights, not drinking, was biggest Small Ships issue

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — Forget open-container problems. It turns out Sharon police had crowds of unruly kids to deal with on Friday downtown at the Small Ships Revue.

If Sharonites were expecting hundreds of citations to be handed out to merry revue-goers carrying around open containers of alcohol, they’d be surprised with the actual number: Zero.

“We did not have a problem with open containers,” Police Chief Michael Menster said. “About a dozen people were warned and emptied them with no problem.”

However, Menster said, “Several hundred unruly young people were engaged in fighting along Water Avenue from West State Street to Connelly Boulevard.”

Large crowds of juveniles formed in all of the parking lots along Water Avenue: in McDonald’s, First National Bank, the Sharon City Centre – the whole length of that strip, Menster said.

The youngsters were fighting and causing trouble for about 45 minutes until police got the crowd to disperse.

The results of the chaos were a windshield broken in the McDonald’s drive through and four juveniles arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to disperse upon official ruling.

In total, about 12 Small Ships-related arrests were made Friday, according to Menster, if you add in those busted for public drunkenness.

Menster said they will be enforcing the open container law during Lubeapalooza in late July.

He foresees no trouble with that night, although he’s scheduled extra manpower for the event.